Originally published by DodgerBlue.com
The MLB Winter Meetings are underway this week and while they have been converted to a virtual event because of the pandemic, they nonetheless will conclude with the annual Rule 5 Draft on Thursday.
The Los Angeles Dodgers added right-handed pitchers Gerardo Carrillo, Andre Jackson and Edwin Uceta, as well as outfielder Zach Reks to their 40-man roster to protect against potentially losing any of them in this year’s Rule 5 Draft.
Carrillo, Jackson, Reks and Uceta all were part of the Dodgers’ 60-man player pool this past season and spent the year training at their USC site. So too did the likes of Omar Estevez, who was a bit of a surprise omission from being added to the 40-man roster.
With Estevez now eligible to be taken in the Rule 5 Draft, the Dodgers are anticipating that will be the case, according to J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group:
Internally, the Dodgers are expecting Omar Estevez will be selected in the Rule 5 draft Thursday. https://t.co/MAazeYq2VP
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) December 6, 2020
The Dodgers inked Estevez out of Cuba as part of their haul during the 2015-16 international signing period. He reportedly received a $6 million signing bonus, which also came with a penalty equal that amount for the Dodgers due to exceeding their international bonus pool space.
Estevez began his professional career with Low-A Great Lakes in 2016 and the next two seasons were spent with High-A Rancho Cucamonga. After setting career highs with 43 doubles, 15 home runs and 84 RBI for the Quakes in 2018, Estevez earned his way up to Double-A Tulsa last year.
The middle infielder enjoyed another productive season but also missed some time due to a hamstring injury. Estevez again was a non-roster invitee to Spring Training this year, though his time was limited due to shoulder trouble.
Who is eligible for the Rule 5 Draft
Players who were signed at age 19 or older and have spent professional baseball for four years are eligible to be selected in the annual Rule 5 Draft.
So too are those signed at 28 years old and have played five years. A player selected during the Minor League phases can be placed on any roster in the Minors and does not have to be offered back to their original club.
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